News from around the world to fuel our prayers


World news in brief - page 11 May issue

World news in brief – page 11 May issue

Here are a handful of news-bites included in the May issue of en to help us in remembering our brothers and sisters around the world. Please use these articles to spur your prayers, personally or in regular prayer meetings, as we pray for persecuted Christians worldwide.

Africa: ministry begun
Canada: third country
Egypt: finally cleared
Middle East: joining hands
USA: announced
Yemen: rescued

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News in the UK to fuel our prayers


News In brief - page 3 May issue

News In brief – page 3 May issue

Here are a handful of news-bites included in the May issue of en. Please use these articles to spur your prayers, personally or in regular prayer meetings, as we pray for our country.

Self-correcting embryos
Impartiality questioned
New John Owen tutor
Welsh safeguarding

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The Queen’s Christian Faith… (May issue highlights)


Out now in the MAY 2016 issue of Evangelicals Now…

Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, & the Episcopal Church USA Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori in 2014 | source: newsok.com

Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, & the Episcopal Church USA Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori in 2014 | source: newsok.com

• The Queen’s Christian Faith as she turns 90

• Reports on T4G and Word Alive

Pastoring in the case of a miscarriage

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I was sick and you visited me.


Mike Mellor, of Hope Church, Ferndown, encourages us to minister hope in times of need

photo: iStock

photo: iStock

She was frail as a sparrow.

Her legs were like pencils and her ill-fitting teeth barely kept up with her mouth as she spoke. But on asking how she was as she lay in her bed, Gracie’s china blue eyes twinkled mischievously as she beamed and chirped: ‘I’m packed and ready to go, pastor!’ And indeed she was and she did, as a few days later the Lord gathered up another of his jewels. It had been my immense privilege on my visits to seek to make her transition a little more comfortable.

Loving channels

I would frequently receive the same message: ‘Gracie’s fallen again.’ I knew the cause of the fall before I called on her, of course. Those legs were just not built for speed. However, I lost count of the times I returned from visiting her thinking the same thought: ‘Just who ministered to whom there?’ Once more I would be reminded of the eternal dimension to this work of ‘visiting the sick’, and the blessing that God grants to those who go in Jesus’s name.

Bible teacher and author Warren Wiersbe rightly states.…(to read more click here)

Mike Mellor

This article was first published in the January issue of Evangelicals Now. For more news, articles or reviews, visit us online or subscribe to en for monthly updates.

Rear view mirror by Michael Haykin: Are you a good historian?


Caleb Evans

Caleb Evans

Every Christian ought to be an informed historian.

Though it was written 200 years ago, Jane Austen’s fiction is still popular, since so much of it still rings true to human experience. In her novel Northanger Abbey (1817), for instance, the heroine Catherine Morland makes a statement that is amazingly prescient about the modern boredom with history.

In Catherine’s words, history ‘tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars or pestilences, in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women at all – it is very tiresome’. Many in the modern world, sadly even Christians, see the past as little more than this: a tiresome account of a few big names with little wisdom to impart for life today. At best, it may offer a couple of hours of entertainment and diversion via a movie or a novel….(to read more click here)

Michael Haykin is Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky.

This article was first published in the January 2016 issue of Evangelicals Now. For more news, articles or reviews, visit us online or subscribe to en for monthly updates.

Fierce convictions (book review)


FIERCE CONVICTIONS Fierce convictions
The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist
By Karen Swallow Prior
Thomas Nelson. 272 pages. £8.39
ISBN 978 0 718 021 917

Karen Swallow Prior has filled a significant gap in the shelves of Christian biographies with this well researched and engagingly written biography of an extraordinary woman.

Hannah More was well known to Christians in the 19th century, but up till now feminists and social historians were more likely to be familiar with her than the even averagely well-read Christian. So Karen Swallow Prior is to be applauded for bringing this timely story to the attention of today’s embattled church.… (to read more click here)

Sarah Allen,
Hope Church, Huddersfield

This article was first published in the January 2016 issue of Evangelicals Now. For more news, articles or reviews, visit our website or subscribe to en for regular updates.

Editors commentary: Leading growing churches


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It’s a great joy that many churches are growing.

Some are growing rapidly. In our own congregation, starting around a year ago, we have seen substantial blessing and along with folk being saved we have had many applying for baptism and church membership – Soli Deo Gloria!

But when a church grows, as Ray Evans says in his excellent book Ready, Steady, Grow, the culture of the church inevitably begins to change. Communication within the church becomes far more complicated, not least because the number of possible conversations between larger numbers of people increases almost exponentially. There is far more room for misunderstandings, hurt feelings, etc.

With this in mind, questions concerning the management of the church by its leaders rightly come onto the agenda.

Management style

Many images of the church are used in the NT. But when it comes to the management of the church by its leaders… (to read more click here)

This article was first published in the April 2016 issue of Evangelicals Now. For more news, articles or reviews, subscribe to en or visit our website www.e-n.org.uk.